Ellen, age 85, had had diabetes for years. In her younger years, she had done an excellent job keeping her blood sugar level within target ranges. She took her medicine at the right times and in proper doses. She followed her meal plan and stayed physically active. However, as she got older, Ellen had more trouble. She sometimes forgot to take her medicine. Once she even forgot having taken her insulin and took a second dose, which landed her in the hospital. She also had some trouble with making meals, which affected her blood sugar, too.
Ellen’s adult children recognized that she needed some help, but they knew they couldn’t be with their mother as often as she needed because of job and family responsibilities. They solved Ellen’s problem by contacting an elderly care agency and hiring the help she needed. Ellen and her family were pleasantly surprised to learn just how much elderly care could do to help Ellen get back on track with managing her diabetes. Below are 5 of the many things elderly care can do to help older adults with diabetes to keep the disease under control.
#1: Medication Reminders
Elderly care providers cannot administer medication to older adults. However, they can remind the senior when it is time to take medicine. They can also monitor to ensure the right amount is taken and that the older adult doesn’t take medicine too often.
#2: Balanced Meals
Healthy balanced meals are important for diabetes management. Usually, diabetics have a meal plan to follow that helps them to keep blood sugar levels steady and within target ranges. An elderly care provider can help the senior to come up with meals that fall within the meal plan guidelines. In addition, an elderly care provider can take the older adult to the grocery store and help them shop. Elderly care providers can cook meals for the senior, too.
#3: Tracking Blood Sugar
Tracking blood sugar levels is an important part of diabetes management because it helps the doctor to see if the treatment plan is working or if it needs to be changed. Some seniors have vision problems that make it hard for them to read the blood sugar monitor and write down the results. An elderly care provider can read the results of the test and record it.
#4: Foot Care
Diabetics need to take special care of their feet to prevent infections that can lead to amputations. An elderly care provider can inspect and wash the senior’s feet every day, alerting family caregivers of any potential problems, such as blisters or cuts.
#5: Transportation to Appointments
Diabetics need to see the doctor regularly. An elderly care provider can drive them to their appointments. In addition, the elderly care provider can offer transportation to the pharmacy to pick up medications and testing supplies.